was born at the Hague, in 1653, and learned to paint of his father, with whom he came young into England. Here he was placed with one La Zoon, a portrait-painter, and then with Flesshier, but owed his chief improvement to his own application. He lived several years in Yorkshire ; and when he came to London again, painted draperies for Sir Godfrey Kneller, in which branch he was eminent; but his greatest excellence was in imitating other masters, and thoseconsiderable. My father had a picture by him that easily passed for Bassan's. He painted history, portraits, conversations, both in large and small. Several prints were made from his works, and several plates he etched and scraped himself. A book of fencing, the cries of London, and the procession at the coronation of William and Mary, were designed by him. He died of a consumption, March 11th, 1702. His son, Captain Laroon, who had a genius both for painting and music, had his father's picture painted by himself. 1____________________
The head here given is curious, as hitherto there has been no engraving of him ; it was copied from a miniature of the same size, many years since, by Mr. G. P. Herding.—D.